Responding to Circumstances

How often do we find ourselves complaining about our circumstances?
Agh, it's Monday again! It's raining. There goes our picnic!  Oh no, look who's at the door. I don't want to see her!  When is this class going to be over?  Bleah! Not spinach again!  This car won't start! Can't they make anything right these days?
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Time Management, God' God's Way
Robert C. Newman

Responding to Circumstances
This is not a good testimony to the truth of Christianity, nor an indication of spiritual maturity on our part.  Jesus doesn't want us to go thru life complaining, discouraging ourselves and others:

Responding to Circumstances
I've been working on this problem for some years now.  I haven't had as much success as I would like…  … but I can testify that the labor involved in achieving some progress has been well worth it.

John 10:10 (NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  Jesus wants us to have life to the full.

Mismanaging our Time

How Often We Waste Time!

The Bible urges us to use our time well:
Jesus' example: John 9:4 (NIV) As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.  Paul's admonition: 1Cor 15:58 (NIV) Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Doing nothing:

Killing time, watching TV, waiting… Not wrong as such, but our society has made a fetish of "you deserve a break today!" And so not using the time we have Wanting something to be over, or to come quickly. Rushing thru something, so you can do what you want.

Relaxing

Wishing it were some other time
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The example of the Good Samaritan (vs the priest and Levite) God as Lord of our Time  We need to rejoice in God's timing God'  This doesn't mean we let others waste our time & keep us from God's priorities. let the earth be glad. not letting our agenda overrule God's providential dealings. and there is none like me." 15 My times are in your hands. I say: My purpose will stand.God as Lord of our Time  He already is! Isaiah 46:9 (NIV) Remember the former things. let us rejoice and be glad in it. from ancient times.  Parable of Farmer in Airplane  God wants us to let him be Lord of our time God as Lord of our Time  God as Lord of our Time  We need to acknowledge His control:  Psalm 31:14 (NIV) But I trust in you. "You are my God. for they will be many. 10 I make known the end from the beginning. I am God. I say. O LORD. But let him remember the days of darkness. deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Example of Apostles in Acts 6  Jesus' instructions to leave unrepentant cities. Ecclesiastes 11:8 (NIV) However many years a man may live. Everything to come is meaningless. and there is no other. let him enjoy them all. let them say among the nations. I am God.  The Gospel to be preached to the whole world    1Chronicles 16:31 (NIV) Let the heavens rejoice.  Jesus' example in letting the Father's agenda overrule His own: Getting away vs feeding the 5000 Interruption on way to heal Jairus' daughter  The plea of the Syro-Phoenician woman    We need to have time for others. what is still to come. those of long ago. 2 . and I will do all that I please. "The LORD reigns!" Psalm 118:24 (NIV) This is the day the LORD has made.

 Psalm 62:8 (NIV) Trust in him at all times. 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord.  We Need to Trust Him for All Our Needs  Trusting Him Means…  Matt 6:31 (NIV) So do not worry.' Aren't we like this when we have these bad attitudes towards the times & circumstances God has allotted to us? 3 . 7 And the peace of God. with thanksgiving. The Lord is near. See. we trusted in him. and revealed them to little children. but in everything. "I praise you.We need to rejoice in God's timing God'  We need to rejoice in God's timing God'   Isaiah 25:9 (NIV) In that day they will say. Lord of heaven and earth. present your requests to God. "Surely this is our God.   Contrast the attitude of the servant who wasted his talent: Matthew 25:24 (NIV) "Then the man who had received the one talent came. O people. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. who have been called according to his purpose. and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Father. let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation. by prayer and petition. because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned. for tomorrow will worry about itself. stand firm. harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. Yes. 'Master. which transcends all understanding. my dear brothers. that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  … that He is bringing into our lives what He knows we need.  Psalm 90:12 (NIV) Teach us to number our days aright." Luke 10:21 (NIV) At that time Jesus. 'I knew that you are a hard man. said. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. We Need to Labor Faithfully  To Do This. though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. … viewing Him as the good God He is. full of joy through the Holy Spirit."  1Peter 1:6 (NIV) In this you greatly rejoice. for God is our refuge. here is what belongs to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow. Father. pour out your hearts to him. because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. Romans 8:28 (NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. we trusted in him. will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. and he saved us. for this was your good pleasure. Each day has enough trouble of its own.' he said. and all these things will be given to you as well. 6 Do not be anxious about anything. Philippians 4:4 (NIV) Rejoice in the Lord always. We Need to Trust God  … no matter what the circumstances God puts us in. This is the LORD. 1Cor 15:58 (NIV) Therefore. saying. Let nothing move you.

Conclusions Are we living like we believe a good & gracious God is in control of our lives?  Are we trusting Him in all our circumstances?  Are we living as though we only go thru life once and the Lord wants us to use it to the full for Him?  Don' Don't Waste the Time God Has Entrusted You With! 4 .

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